Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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89
very good

854 Ratings
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90
outstanding

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 31
Gots: 145 | FT: 8
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-22-2011

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Photo of oline73
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a half finger of cocoa colored head. The head goes away almost completely.

Smell: Slightly burnt roasted malt up front with a dark fruit sweetness in the background. There is enough alcohol in the nose to make me worry a bit about the taste.

Taste: This is a much smoother beer than I expected from the smell. Roasty and slightly bitter right off the bat, but there is plenty of sweetness to balance things out. There is some coffee and dark fruit. The finish is warm from the alcohol and just a tad too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Thick and a bit syrupy with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. The finish is a bit much, as is true with the IPA, but I enjoyed every sip and would have more.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good though not great RIS. Powerful roast aromas. Black with substantive head and lace. Coffee and alcohol, some burnt pieces.A tad of smoke, a lot of good characteristics just not as perfetly balanced as it can be. Sweet finish.Liam's bottle from NYC.

Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yin is one half of the Yin & Yang combination designed to be blended into a black & tan style beer.

Pours a dark, near black with minimal cap of tan head. Scent is full on roast and charred grain with a noticeable hop profile, light hints of chocolate and coffee with some noticeable alcohol. Taste is quite bitter and charred grain, minimal notes of bitter chocolate and coffee. Fuller side of medium bodied, quite dry, lacks the umph of some other stouts.

By itself, the beer comes across as very roasty without much else going on. However, together with the Yang, it works well and since that was the original purpose, maybe im being generous with a slight tick up in my rating. Each beer is bold and aggessive, and when they are blended, the harsh qualities become quite muted.

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that has good retention properties, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted and burnt malts in the nose along with notes of chocolate, licorice and spices.
T: The beer is extremely bitter, which almost overshadows the flavors of roasted malts in the taste. The bitterness loses some of its strength as the beer begins to warm up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with lots of dryness, particularly in the finish.
O: Considering the strength of this beer, it’s relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It also becomes easier to drink as the beer warms up and the bitterness isn’t quite as intense.

Photo of Phelps
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in snifter at Papago.

As black as the dark side of the symbol it's named for. Not a hint of light getting through. One finger of creamy tan foam quickly becomes a thick ring.

Unusually light aroma. A hint of anise, semi-sweet cocoa. Only the whispers of burnt, roasty grain or booze.

The flavor is similarly light — it’s surprising a beer that looks this menacing can be such a mouse. The front doesn't amount to much; just the same subtle anise and cocoa notes. The swallow delivers more, with a smooth burnt note rolling in. Bitter dark chocolate, a bit of spicy hops, a smooth licorice twang. Things get better and better as it warms, with more flavors seeking to emerge every few minutes. Some molasses and peanut skins come out, eventually.

Carbonation pinches lightly inside a smooth body a shade behind medium-light that becomes fluffier as it moves. Some booze fumes come through the nose, but they're nothing to get distracted by.

Yin’s a little pricy for what it is, but once it's given a chance to tech room temp, it's not bad.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/13/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, slight dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with intense burnt cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the roast presence in the flavor is quite strong.

Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this over the border in New York.

Appearance is black in color with a short tan head. Its` nose hits with roasted malts, chocolate and wood. The taste has vanilla, more of the roasted malts, coffee. It is a fairly tasty beer, but not quite as good as I had hoped. Mouthfeel is medium, a sweetness lingers in the finish. A tasty, but pricey 12 oz bottle of beer. Worth trying, but likely would not buy again.

Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/03/11 notes. Had on tap at Rustico in Ballston. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate. Pretty basic with those three, but it works very well. Heaviest on the coffee tones and very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and roasted malts. Pretty bitter, moreso than I was expecting. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Pretty thick body.

o - Overall a good stout. The nose is basic but I really enjoyed it, thought I found the taste a little bit too bitter. Would give it another shot.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Black with a full creamy head. Nice tan lacing that coats and recedes.
smell: Nice coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Like an Imperial but smaller.
taste: Very smooth and milk stoutish. Pleasant if not exceptional.
overall: Enjoyable and highly drinkable but not great.
I'll dry the black and tan combo with the next one.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Motor Oil black with a dark tan head.

Smell - Coffe only.

Taste - Strong coffee.

Drinkability - Oily in the mouth, decent carbontation.

Overall - saved some for a Yin/Yang Black and Tan whic was nice.

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA smoked for hooking me up with the yin and yang pair of bottles. Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip the brew appears black in color with more than a finger of mocha head sitting atop. The cap slowly fades leaving spots and stringy lacing pattern on the glass. When held to the light, a bit of ruby clarity is seen around the edges.

The aromatics are quite roasty on this bugger. It displays a very rich and inviting char to chocolate quality that hints towards super strong espresso, earth, leather, tobacco and some dark fruited elements. Once the sweeter dark fruit gets inside your nostrils, it is hard to shake. Initially it was all about the bitter roasted grain and chocolate elements, but once that fruity quality takes hold, good night to everything else. As it warms up and the glass is swirled, even more dark fruit and a kiss of fusel alcohol emerges.

The flavor of this brew is perplexing at first. The roasty espresso and bitter unsweetened cocoa you might expect are missing in action. In it's place you find a bit of mineral element and solvent alcohol. As the palate becomes accustomed, a rich earthy roast quality emerges. Digging deeper, you get a bit of leathery quality mixed with tobacco and more earth. It has almost an ashy aspect about it with a very minor hint of dark fruits or molasses with the alcohol coming out towards the backend.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is roasty, bold and aggressive with the alcohol not hiding at all. The nose and the taste of this brew are seemingly polar opposites at times. It has a lasting oily hop character to it that keeps me thinking american black ale. Regardless, it isn't a bad brew it just isn't something I would return to considering the price.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Evil Twin Yin, "Imperial Taiji Stout", 11.2-oz bottle bought at Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room for $6.99. The Evil Twin Brewing line is just now getting distribution in the US, this was the first time I had seen the bottles (imported by Twelve Percent LLC)

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter Yin pours thick and black like a toxic spill in a Superfund site, gargling all the way down to the bottom of the glass and producing a beautiful mocha-colored head of a classic one-finger size. Doesn't last long, though.

Smell: Smoke, burnt wood- Oskar Blues Ten Fidy comes to mind. Sort of a forest after a fire. Some graininess and horse urine at the end. Nice opaque woodiness all around, sort of a barrel reminiscence.

Taste: Roasty bitterness. Hints of chocolate fill the mouth and leave a lingering sensation. A tad of booze at the end. Sugars. Comes across almost as a regular stout...

Mouthfeel: Medium body, flavor and carbonation. A little lacking, particularly for a 10% Imperial Stout, but correct anyways. Smooth throughout, with a pleasant dry and bitter end.

Overall: Very drinkable! Absolutely not boozy, well balanced and approachable. Needs more body and else, though.

Obviously I would love to try this together as the black & tan the brewers intended, along with the "Yan" Imperial IPA. As it is, on its own, "Yin" is an enjoyable stout, but nothing you would want to pay $6.99 for.

Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is black with a moderately-sized tan head. Yes, ladies and gentleman, it is an imperial stout. Head dissipates almost totally before very long, leaves some lace.

Nose has toffee and roast malt, along with wood. A bit surprising and not what I expected.

Taste contains toffee, roasted malts, some dark fruit. Wood. Toffee is the strongest flavour for me, a bit burnt.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I look for in an imperial stout, though obviously still a big beer. Moderate carbonation level.

Overall, pretty good, but a bit disappointing. The toffee-flavour doesn't totally work for me.

Photo of Thingus
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live tasting, bottle into tulip...

Appearance; pours black, with a finger of lush brown head, retention is good and lacing hangs around for a bit, sticking to one spot in particular but is nothing spectacular... When held to light, beer appears opaque at the heart, with root beer colored edges...

Smell; smokey, roasty malts, hints of char and burned toast...

Taste; quite similar to the smell, smokey but not overly so, roasty malts, burned toast, hints of dark roasted coffee

Mouthfeel; Yin poured quite a bit thinner than I expected it to, with a good amount of carbonation for the style (although I'm not certain that I know what Taiji means, and I'm too lazy to look it up) it feels thin in the mouth, but seems to coat it fairly well given the long smooth finish...

Overall; this is a solid beer if a little one dimensional and that's where Yin loses points with me... I would like a little more going on in the flavor department and I know the potential is definitely there. Additionally, it wasn't quite as thick or full bodied as I had hoped and anticipated, hence the points loss in the mouthfeel department... I would certainly not mind checking out other vintages of this brew and definitely will keep my eyes on where Evil Twin is headed... I also would like to note that Yin is part of a Black and Tan, which I generally don't drink but would try sometime if I could find both Yin and Yang...

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Thick black body, light mocha head. Great lace, nice retention.

S - Light roast, malted milk balls, toast. Touch of molasses.

T - Nice roast character. Molasses, burnt toast, touch of cream, leather, dry cocoa nibs, soft booze.

M - Medium-full frame. Nice creaminess, but a shade light.

O - Not bad. Drinks a little like a milk stout. Could use a little more body.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head stands tall at three fingers high, khaki shaded. Texture-wise, it seems more soapy than creamy, but still, this has good retention for a 10% beer. Some spotty patches of lacing are left behind.

S: This has a lot of licorice for my tastes. Seriously, a lot. Apart from that, this beer still brings the roast, still brings the chocolate, and even brings something resembling peat. There's even some slight citrusy hops floating around. Even with all the aniseed, this has a very appealing aroma.

T: I said the aroma brings the roast. Well, that's not the case here - because it REALLY brings the roast, like a charred sledgehammer. The roasted notes are mainly clustered near the finish; before that, it starts with a combination of fruitiness and licorice. It also finishes with slight wisps of chocolate and booze (just enough to add to the experience, mind). I'm really enjoying how charred the roasted malts are in particular.

M: It starts off really dry finishing in spite of the creamy body, and combined with its slightly thin body, gives it great drinkability. The finish becomes becomes a lot wetter as more is consumed - it's almost like said feature is an omen for me to stop slamming this. Too bad, because I absolutely adore a slammable imperial stout (Black Albert, anyone?) Carbonation is medium.

O: Make no mistake, this is really damn good. A bit pricey for me to purchase this frequently, though. Highly recommended for roast lovers.

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle, bottled on 3/13/13, into a snifter. Initial temp. about 45F.

A - Poured very dark ruby-brown and looks black in the glass. The smallish head soon reduced to a partial coat and thick ring.that left spotty lacing behind. This is a decent looking stout.

S- Burnt toast; dark roasted grains and an odd floral element that (after tasting) seems to be from hops and alcohol. Off-putting at first, I mostly adjusted after a few sips. Still, the strange aroma led me to search (in vain) the label for hints of odd ingredients. High ABV is not hidden here.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma at first, particularly in being ignificantly sweet, but this fades quickly, eventually ending n a mildly bitter aftertaste. Only a little bit of burnt grain and char but plenty of dark roasted grain flavor. There's a modicum of boozy alcohol but the ABV is partly hidden, and a positive facotr, in tasting.

Feel: full and somewhat smooth with near medium carbonation noticeable alcohol.

Overall: an interesting and appropriately rich imperial stout. Improved with warming/adaptation.

Photo of liamt07
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Bowery, NYC. 12oz into a snifter, best before 2015.

Pours almost pitch black, with a brown head. Big bubbles and a thing collar remains. Nose holds some sharp alcohol initially, some brown sugar sweetness with a significant ash/charcoal character to it. Taste has more of the brown sugar balanced well with the charcoal/burnt notes, all under a veil of the alcohol, which prevails in the finish. Good mouthfeel but was just too alcoholic fresh. Wish I had another to sit on and let settle.

Aside: Put aside an oz of each the Yin and the Yang for the 'black and tan' suggested on the bottle. Delicious stuff.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dirty motor oil black. A cookie dough colored head stays foamy for a good while. Random spots of foam lacing.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, slightly smokey with a bit of an earthy kick in the end.

Taste: A very sharp, bitter start. A lot of earthy, smokey peat moss. Really bitter chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very dry. Very bitter aftertaste.

Overall: I think I set my expectations a bit too high for this one. Certainly looked good. I think I was looking for a few more coffee notes and other decadent features that I didn't find.

Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%

Dark brown in color. Decent roast in the nose. This offering has the roastiness and body of a standard stout but the alcohol of a double stout. The alcohol does not hide either; frankly, it gets a touch acrid on the finish.

Photo of wordemupg
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 14/9/12

A black with some dark cola at the edge, two fingers of brown foam fizzes out quickly and leaves zero lace

S lots of molasses and some chocolate fudge, some licorice and cold coffee and a slight booze sting on deep whiffs,

T booze is better concealed and the flavors a little richer, some mild smoke and charred wood and the hops are still noticeable, some chocolate covered raisins but not overly sweet

M silky and just enough carbonation too give it some life but it could use a little more but its not flat, has some weight too it but not that thick considering the color

O its good but not great, quite easy too drink for the strength but although a solid beer its missing something to put it into the upper class of big ass stouts

I liked it but I didn't love it, perhaps I had high expectations for this brewer but I still have a few to get blown away by. Perhaps some age would help its cause but a few more bubbles would help its cause too

Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is rich coffee, hints of chocolate, a touch of alcohol, some bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of david18
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at Cannibal, a new beer bar and charcuiterie in manhattan. It first caught my eye because of Heretic Brewing's Evil Twin, which is apparently no relation. A great double stout but not my favorite.

Poured a very dark brown/mahogany with a dark brown/cream colored head. A lot of carbonation and some good lacing.

Aroma was toasty/roasty. Sight amount of aroma hops but this was really about the coffee/chocolate aromas.

The taste was also roasty and a bit tannin. Tasted good but a little thinner than I expected it to be.

Overall definitely worth trying. Will age well as well.

Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Motor oil black with a thick, creamy, tan head. Alcohol notes are not well hidden, but nice chocolately notes peek through an ashy, roasty, robust drink. Strong, but tasty. Roasted, nutty, dark fruit notes, and hints of vanilla. Lots of roasted coffee and hints of chocolate. Full bodied, but a bit on the ashy side. Much better as a blend with the yang.

The yin yang blend is awesome!

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful black color. Brown head.

Smells consistent with the best parts of the flavor.

Tastes... well... inconsistent. On the attack it's fairly light. On the midpalate its much more like a classic stout: malty. Quite bitter.

Lighter mouthfeel than I want in a big stout. Very creamy though - that aspect is nice.

Overall a good beer, but not a great one.

Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
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